Run to protect our children
FOUR local mums will take part in the Bravehearts 777 challenge this month, running 42km for child protection.
The 777 challenge will see hundreds of Australians run seven marathons across seven states in seven days, beginning in Perth on June 29.
Natalie Landmann, Maggie Giles, Jayne Berkin and Andrea Turpin met in a mothers group four years ago, and were inspired to advocate for improved Australian child protection after meeting their personal trainer Gill.
The personal trainer’s 17-year-old daughter committed suicide after years of sexual assaults by her father, sparking her to advocate for Bravehearts Child Protection.
Ms Landmann said the 777 was a good platform to increase awareness of a need for improved child protection.
“One of my school friends was assaulted as a child and after going through her disclosure in our early 20s, we found there were quite a few of our school mates who also came forward to break their silence,” she said.
“After meeting Gill and thinking about it happening to your own children, it really hits home hard and we saw the marathon as something we could do immediately to raise awareness.”
Bravehearts Founder and chief executive Hetty Johnston said the event brought people together who are passionate about making a difference in the community.
The four mothers are already well over their $2000 goal. To donate, visit bit.ly/1IuQTvW.
Maggie Giles and Natalie Landmann get in training.